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Moving Beyond Metrics, Moving Beyond Poverty


Follow @MekaeliaD Imagine a region where 14.6 percent of the people are poor – meaning a family of four makes no more than $23,550 per year. Now imagine the same region where 44 percent of the people do not have enough money to stay afloat for three months. What do these two indicators say about…

Building a Cycle of Opportunity, Two Generations at a Time


From left, Assistant Principal Dehea Smith and Principal Dr. Barbara Shirley of Alta Vista Elementary School with Anne Mosle during a recent site visit. This summer, families at Sarasota’s Alta Vista Elementary School are benefiting from Eagle Academy, a seven-week two-generation enrichment program for children entering kindergarten and first grade that also includes mandatory weekly…

Transforming Human Services, One Human Services Official at a Time


Follow @champagne_me   From left, Gloria Perez, Henry Wilde, Reggie Bicha, and Anne Mosle Recently I had the opportunity to join several of our Ascend Fellows at the 2013 National Policy Forum in Arlington, Virginia, where we shared the two-generation approach with another national organization, the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA).  APHSA is the…

Investing in Solutions for Two Generations: The $1 Million Aspen Institute Ascend Fund


Imagine this: A modern housing campus for single mothers and their children provides on-site high-quality early care and education and career and mental health counselors, and is in close proximity to a college campus that helps the mothers complete career-focused degrees.  While in the program, the mothers advance their education, leading to greater income and…

Bringing Two-Generation Solutions to Birmingham


In 2000, the poverty rate for women in Alabama was 17.9%. In 2011, the poverty rate for women in Alabama was 18.7%. Many organizations in Birmingham work tirelessly to move Alabama women and their children beyond poverty—so why aren’t the rates going down? The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham recognizes that while many organizations provide…

Attendance and the Early Grades: A Two-Generation Issue


  Arriving right on time, Tameka circles the smiling star on her Perfectly Punctual Scorecard and dons the Perfectly Punctual vest to greet other children as they arrive at Morgan State University Head Start in Baltimore. Across the city at Heritage Early Learning Center, a Baltimore City public pre-K, Durrell circles his star before putting…